Ravens vs. 49ers: Picks and predictions from Ebony Bird
The Baltimore Ravens have a huge game against the San Francisco 49ers. Who does the Ebony Bird crew have taking this one?
Site Expert, Chris Schisler:
The Baltimore Ravens are at home and I think the fans at M&T Bank Stadium will be rewarded for sticking it out in the rain. The Ravens are playing the best team on their schedule (even better than the New England Patriots). The San Francisco 49ers have the number one defense in the NFL and they have 10 wins on their resume. This won’t be easy, yet the Ravens might make it look easy. That’s how well the Ravens are playing. They make good teams look like the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 49ers defense is good, yet it struggles to stop the run. The 49ers run defense ranks 18th in the league. They are built to limit their opponent’s passing game. They have an elite pass rush that helps them create their number one pass defense. The Ravens run for 140 on a bad day and the 49ers give up 111.1 yards on the ground per game. The 49ers aren’t going to be able to stop the Baltimore run game. That sets everything up for the Lamar Jackson attack.
The Ravens defense will make the 49ers one dimensional. Without the run game. Jimmy Garoppolo will have to do more of the heavy lifting than the 49ers want him to. The Ravens will limit the 49ers receivers. George Kittle could be a problem at the tight end position, yet it won’t be enough to give the 49ers the edge. The Ravens defense will dominate. The offense will do it’s thing. The Ravens will have their most impressive victory of their most impressive regular season. Give me the Ravens 34-20. I’ll believe the Ravens can be stopped, only if they get stopped. The Ravens look almost unbeatable. As long as they protect the ball in the rain, the Ravens will win.